Director - Creative Activity, Research and Scholarship (CARS) 

“CapU is well situated in a research landscape where universities are encouraged to explore the key questions facing society. The inaugural directorship provides a timely opportunity to build reciprocal partnerships between faculty, students, staff, community groups, companies and governments to create the best possible environment for CapU’s creative activity, research and scholarship to flourish.”
– Dawn Whitworth

Dawn Whitworth was appointed as the director, Creative Activity, Research and Scholarship (CARS) effective August 1, 2019.

Whitworth held previous leadership positions at the University of British Columbia, Emily Carr University of Art + Design and British Columbia Institute of Technology, where she grew intersectoral research with the technology, social profit, cultural and business sectors, which included corporations such as Apple and Facebook and local venture start-ups. Over her career Whitworth has realized hundreds of successful inter-institutional funding bids through federal, provincial and international funding agencies. Her recent conference presentations include topics such as: diversity as an enabler for innovation; and competitive advantages for large-scale university funding bids. She was also a faculty member within the Interactive Design program at Capilano College between 2004 and 2007.

Whitworth brings a wealth of expertise and relationships to contribute in support of faculty and student research. These well-honed abilities will enable her to facilitate CARS discussions, foster research collaborations, coach and mentor faculty and students, including securing and leveraging external research funding. Whitworth’s diverse background has enriched the equity and inclusion lens she applies to her work within universities. 

Whitworth holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Simon Fraser University, a master’s degree in cultural management (Northumbria University, U.K.) and a bachelor’s degree in fine arts (Newcastle Polytechnic, U.K.).